Gerry Connolly warns 'delusional' Trump's border closure would be a disaster

Gerry Connolly warns 'delusional' Trump's border closure would be a disaster

The threat yet again upped the ante in a political row that has led to a partial shutdown of the United States government and seems set to dominate the start to the third year of Trump's presidency. "Bring our vehicle industry back into the United States where it belongs", Trump wrote on Twitter, adding a jab at the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which he denounced as a bad deal for the USA and which he recently renegotiated. "It seems like Democrats really like border security when there's a Democrat in office, and don't like it when Donald Trump is in office", he said.

At the heart of the stalemate is Trump's demand for $5 billion in funding for his proposed wall at the U.S. -Mexico border.

In a Friday morning tweetstorm, the president blamed "obstructionist Democrats" for not funding the wall, despite having Republican control of both houses of Congress until Democrats take over the House in 2019. They may have the 10 Senate votes, but we have the issue, Border Security.

Mulvaney said Friday that Trump has been closely following the shutdown as well as the manhunt for an illegal immigrant suspected of killing a cop in California.

According to AP, the Mexican president said he has not commented on the wall funding and government shutdown "because it is an internal affair of the US government".

US President Donald Trump on Friday threatened to "entirely" close the southern US border with Mexico if lawmakers refuse his demands to fund a wall.

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In Mexico, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador sidestepped Trump's threat, telling journalists: "We don't want to be imprudent and we don't think we should get into this".

"This is a insane discussion to be having".

Moreover, it is a comprehensive piece of legislation that ensures that any wall that is built is paid for by Mexico; directs the Secretary of Homeland Security to make occur certain procedures that improve training of agents of the United States Custom and Border Patrol; increases the number of immigration judges; and, it directs the Secretary of DHS to take all such measures to ensure that refugees at the southern border are given humanitarian assistance.

Trump appears to have upped the ante, introducing closure of the border as another piece on the chessboard.

The president then reiterated his threat to close the border if wall funding isn't secured, and added that his administration would also cut off foreign aid to Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador for taking money from the USA while not preventing its citizens from migrating to America in caravans. "We're going to behave like adults and do our job". Only 25 percent said they supported Trump shutting down the government over the matter.

Trump also claimed he would cut off aid to El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala for "doing nothing for the United States but taking our money".

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